eDiscovery Careers: Achieving Success as a Non-Attorney in a Law Firm: Conclusion
June 26, 2012
In the last two posts in this series, we’ve covered some habits and practices that you should develop and incorporate into all the steps you take on the road to success. Here’s one last – but very important – tip: Be well liked. As a rule, people who others don’t like working with have a hard time getting promoted. Of course, part of being well liked simply comes down to personality. But, anyone can develop practices that will go a long way towards getting others to like working with them. Here are a few suggestions:
- Volunteer to help with things, whenever you can. Help your clients, help your staff, help co-workers…
- Compliment people. Compliment them on work well done. Compliment them on good ideas. Compliment them on a nice piece of jewelry or an attractive tie. It’s amazing how powerful this is.
- Thank people. This is also very powerful and effective. People remember when you show appreciation for something they’ve done for you. And more significantly, they remember when you don’t.
- Give credit where credit is due. When someone who reports to you does a particularly good job on something, write him/her a memo telling them so. Summarize the task, describe the good work, state how it benefited you or the company or the client, and extend thanks for the contribution. And, copy people in senior management. There is no better way to get the support and loyalty of those who report to you.
- Show a sense of humor. Everyone likes to work with people who are fun to be around.
This concludes the blog series on Achieving Success as a Non-Attorney in a Law Firm. Before signing off, let me briefly recap the step-by-step plan I’ve laid out for you:
- Find or make the right environment.
- Know your stuff.
- Make yourself well known.
- Make yourself critical.
- Expand what you do.
- Master some good habits and practices.
If you missed any of the posts, look back in the archives! Be sure to let us know if you’ve got any comments or additional suggestions, hints, or tips for achieving success. And let us know if you’d like to know more about a topic.
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